Governor Signs Law Ending Conceal Carry Permit Mandate

Governor Signs Law Ending Conceal Carry Permit Mandate

( – Early in March, Ohio legislators passed a bill to make concealed carry in the state easier for legal gun owners. On March 14, Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) signed the measure into law. The Constitutional Carry law expands gun owner rights by making concealed carry permits optional. The only stipulations are: owners are legally able to carry a weapon, that it be concealed, and they must be 21 or older.

If gun owners want to apply for a permit, they can, but it’s no longer a requirement in the state. One of the bill’s sponsors, Dayton Senator Niraj Antani (R-OH) said it’s a person’s constitutional right to carry a weapon, and no one should need a permit to do so.

Cleveland Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-OH) opposed the bill, saying previous laws required only the “bare minimum.” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was also against the bill, the group expressed concerns about proper training.

However, it has a lot of support from gun owners and the Buckeye Firearms Association supported the measure the governor signed into law. Ohio is now among 22 other states supporting Second Amendment rights by allowing permit-less concealed carry.

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